Sara Edgerton is professor of cello and string bass at Southeast Missouri State University and is the artistic director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Edgerton performs throughout the United States both as a modern and Baroque cellist. She has collaborated with such composers as Aaron Copland, Karel Husa, Claude Baker and Morton Subotnick in performances of their works, and she has premiered a number of works for the cello. She has also performed with such notable period instrument ensembles as the Kingsbury Ensemble and the Early Music St. Louis Ensemble. Dr. Edgerton has appeared at numerous festivals as a cellist, including the International Music Festival (London and Oxford, England), the Aston Magna Festival in Massachusetts, the International Baroque Festival (Jackson, Mississippi), the St. Louis Baroque Festival and the Southern Illinois Festival ("SIFest"). She has appeared on many concert series throughout the United States and in England, and has been heard on public radio broadcasts in this country. She has also performed in China as a member of the Christensen, Lim and Edgerton Trio.
As the artistic director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Edgerton conducts the orchestra in its highly successful Symphony Series at the River Campus at Southeast Missouri State University. In the summer of 2013, she conducted the symphony on a tour of the East Coast, with performances in Virginia and in Midtown Manhattan. She has also led the orchestra in concert appearances throughout Missouri, and she conducted the orchestra in its 2009 tour of China, including performances in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, and on the Great Wall of China. Dr. Edgerton has also recently conducted the flute ensemble Calliope in a premiere work by Robert Fruehwald for the National Flute Convention in New Orleans. As conductor, she has collaborated with such soloists as Mark O'Connor, Grammy Award-winning violinist; Allen Vizzutti, trumpet virtuoso; Jack Gibbons, internationally-acclaimed concert pianist; David Halen, concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony; Mark Sparks, principal flutist of the St. Louis Symphony; Neal E. Boyd, 2008 Winner of America's Got Talent; and Valentina Igoshina, Russian virtuoso pianist.
Dr. Edgerton received her undergraduate degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Ronald Leonard and Alan Harris, and the Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts from Cornell University, where she was the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards. She also has studied extensively in England with artist teacher William Pleeth. Dr. Edgerton has received several awards including the Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creative Activity from the College of Liberal Arts at Southeast Missouri State University (2005), the Artist Teacher Award from the Missouri Chapter of ASTA (2006), the Southeast Faculty Merit Award (2009) and the Award for Distinguished Service from the College of Liberal Arts at Southeast (2010). She was also nominated as a ZONTA "Woman of Achievement" in 2011.